Over at the Valerie Strauss Answer Sheet on the Washington Post website, Network for Public Education Executive Director Carol Burris does a comprehensive critical analysis of school privatization.
Burris presents three main arguments on why giving public money for private schools is a bad idea.
1. Privatized school choice will inevitably reduce funding for your local neighborhood public schools
2. Direct and disguised vouchers to private schools and other public school alternatives start small and then expand, increasing the burden on taxpayers
3. Additional administrative costs coupled with a lack of transparency waste taxpayer dollars and open the door to excessive legal and fraudulent personal gain
Higher costs on taxpayers and opportunities for fraudulent personal gain seem like primary objectives of government in this day and age.
Don't worry, however, because the Union has the Public School Proud campaign to stop school privatization. Then again, maybe we should do a little more.